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Alternatives to soya bean for fattening broilers (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice abstract)

{Tool} Alternatives to soya bean for fattening broilers (OK-Net EcoFeed Practice abstract). Creator(s): Roinsard, Antoine and Desaint, Brieuc. Issuing Organisation(s): ITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and Food. OK-Net Ecofeed Practice abstract. (2021)

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Camelina cake, sunflower expeller and rapeseed expeller are produced by a regional mill, increasing the value of local raw materials, and reducing the need to import soya bean cake. For broiler farmers, feed self-sufficiency is dif-ficult to achieve so local protein sources are advanta-geous from this point of view. Feed costs did not increase when using alternative protein sources.
• Analysis (table 1) showed that the alternative feedstuffs, camelina cake, sunflower expeller and rapeseed expeller, all met the expected protein and fat content, so the finishing feed is well formulated. Crude protein content for each sample is at recommended levels, fulfilling broiler requirement during the finishing phase.
• Control and trial groups had similar growth rates (figure 1), with no significant difference between them. The trial group birds did have a slightly higher finishing weight compared to the control group.
• The trial bird weight is compatible with direct-selling demand. The diet did not affect bird aggression levels with low levels of injury and no difference between groups.
• The farmer noticed that birds from the trial group looked better, with skin more yellow, than birds in the control group. He was very satisfied with the outcomes of this trial and he wants to continue with finishing feed without soya bean cake.
• In conclusion, it is possible to finish broilers without the use of soya bean cake and have good performances and bird quality. The use of local raw materials has allowed soya bean cake to be replaced at no extra cost.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:By 2022 it will become compulsory under EU Regulations (EC) no 889/2008 to provide all organic livestock with feed derived from 100% organic origins. Pig and poultry farming currently relies heavily on imported soya so find-ing regional alternatives to soya is important. One of the issues to resolve is how to fulfill broiler requirements with local feedstuffs during the fattening phase.
What solution does the tool offer?:Camelina cake, rapeseed expeller and sunflower expeller can be locally produced so their potential as soya cake re-placers were evaluated for the broiler finishing phase. This phase is less nutritionally demanding offering a good time to test alternative feedstuffs. The test diet was for-mulated to contain the same nutrients as the routine fin-ishing feed to fulfil all broiler requirements.
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Keywords:broilers, poultry, camelina cake, sunflower expeller, rapeseed expeller, protein cources fattening broilers
Agrovoc keywords:
animal husbandry
broiler chickens
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Feeding and growth
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed > OK-Net Ecofeed Tools
France > ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture Biologique
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773911
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/39576, https://www.facebook.com/organicfarmknowledge/posts/234542981791677, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1382296494997442567
Project ID:ofk
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:39576
Deposited On:30 Mar 2021 12:34
Last Modified:16 Feb 2022 12:30
Document Language:English

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